SUNY Jefferson

Childhood Education AA/BA

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Transfer, jointly registered to bachelor's degree with SUNY Potsdam
  • Delivery: On-campus (associate and bachelor's degree)
  • Personal Interests: Love of learning, working with children, shaping future generations
  • Skill Building: Teaching, communication, education principles and processes, creativity, problem solving
  • Career Options: Education
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5649

Prepare for a teaching career in a joint degree program with SUNY Potsdam

Jefferson partners with SUNY Potsdam to help students earn an associate’s degree in childhood education (grades 1-6) followed by a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education (birth-grade 6) in just four years. You’ll study for your first degree at Jefferson before transferring without interruption to SUNY Potsdam.  All SUNY Potsdam classes can then be taken at Jefferson or online.  No need to travel to Potsdam.  When you graduate from SUNY Potsdam, you’ll be ready to teach children from early childhood through sixth grade. 

This program offers:

  • Seamless transition from Jefferson to Potsdam
  • Classes on teaching and educational practices
  • Fundamental skills for success and lifelong learning
  • Joint advisement from Jefferson and Potsdam staff to ensure your success
  • Cross registration of classes between both colleges to get the classes you need, when you need them
  • Savings on general education and core education classes at Jefferson, plus savings on travel to complete your bachelor's degree
  • No transfer application needed to SUNY Potsdam
  • Early registration for Potsdam classes


Shape future generations - career in education

Teachers have a direct role in shaping future generations by applying proven teaching techniques and strategies in the classroom. Teachers engage students and build with creative solutions to meet today's educational challenges.

The job market for teachers in our area is growing because there is a predicted shortage.

Learn teaching techniques and developmental milestones

When you complete the Childhood Education A.A./B.A. you will:

  • Understand and apply the history, conventions, and best practices in the field of education
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major milestones and principles of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in childhood
  • Learn to communicate with adults and children
  • Successfully fulfill requirements for all SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday


Degree requirements for Childhood Education A.A./B.A.

Effective Fall 2018

Education Core Requirements (6 credit hours)
Education Core Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
EDU 210: Principles of Education 3
PSY 220: Child and Adolescent Development 3
General Education/Liberal Arts Core requirements (50 credit hours)
General Education/Liberal Arts Core Requirements (50 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
HIS 111: History of Western Civilization 1 or
HIS 112: History of Western Civilization 2 or
GEG 101: Introduction to World Geography
HIS 150: American History to 1877 or
HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present
MTH 148: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 1 4
MTH 149: Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers 2 4
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 3
STA 151: Public Speaking 3
ART or MUS Elective (select one course):
     ART 113: History of Western Art 1 , ART 114: History of Western Art 2
     ART 115: Art Appreciation
     MUS 115: Music Appreciation, MUS 150: History of Rock and Roll
ART or MUS Elective (select one course):
     ART 104: Digital Photography, ART 117: Basic Drawing
     ART 118: Basic Painting, ART 218: Intermediate Painting (Oils)
     ART 217: Intermediate Drawing, ART 131: Ceramics 1
     ART 125: Three Dimensional Design
     ART 242: Color Line and Design, MUS 100: Fundamentals of Music
     MUS 101: Music Theory 1
     MUS 172: Piano Class 1, MUS 272: Piano Class 2
     MUS 173: Voice Class 1, MUS 273: Voice Class 2
     MUS 174: Guitar Class 1, MUS 274: Guitar Class 2
Foreign Language: ASL, FRE, or SPA through the 221 level electives1,5
(or Liberal Arts electives if satisfied by HS language-studio course)
Laboratory Science Electives:
BIO 111: General Biology 1 or
BIO 131: Principles of Biology 12
CHE 107: Intro to Chemistry 1 or
CHE 131: General Chemistry 13 or
SCI 199: Int Science and Math4
GEO 110: Earth Sciences6 or
GEO 131: Physical Geology
Concentration/Specialization Requirements (6 credit hours)
Concentration/Specialization Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
201, 202, 203, or 204 transfer as LITR 200
209 or 245 transfer as LITR 201
114 or 214 transfer as LITR 322

MTH 221: Calculus 1
MTH 222: Calculus 2 
MTH 245: Linear Algebra7

BIO 132: Principles of Biology 2 
BIO 200: Genetics
BIO 201: Ecology

GEO 132: Historical Geology
GEO 141: Astronomy7
GEO 144: Meteorology7

CHE 131: General Chemistry 1
CHE 132: General Chemistry 2
CHE 211: Organic Chemistry 17
CHE 212: Organic Chemistry 27

PHY 131: General Physics 1 
PHY 132: General Physics 2
GEO 141: Astronomy7
GEO 144: Meteorology7

HIS 114: History of New York State
POL 121: Intro to American Government
Physical Education Requirements
Physical Education Requirements 2 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours 64


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Students are expected to complete language coursework through the JCC 221 level. Students with prior language background may use the available space in their schedule once the 221 level has been completed to meet specialization requirements. Students with no prior language background may need to use the elective to complete this language requirement.  
2Students specializing in Biology should take the BIO 131/132 sequence.  
3Students specializing in Geology, Biology, or Chemistry would benefit from CHE 131.  
4SCI 199: Interdisciplinary Science and Mathematics is only offered in the spring semester.  
5If the student has met foreign language requirement by completing one year beyond the regents, they may take 6 credits of liberal arts electives. Potsdam recommends an Art studio course, or ENG 100/MTH 125 could also be used here.  
6GEO 110: Earth Sciences is recommended for those planning to teach elementary grade levels.  
7Will impact satisfaction of upper-division credits in the specialization; may require additional upper-division work in the specialization in the junior/senior year.  


Program contacts

Leah Deasy

Humanities and Education Department Chair
(315) 786-6568

Lynn Emrich

SUNY Potsdam
Advising Coordinator Education

(315) 786-2241 

Jeri Fairman

Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts
(315) 786-6542